Casa Ora Typifies the Uniqueness of Venezuelan Cuisine and Culture

Helmed by mother-son duo Ivo and Isbelis Diaz, the new Williamsburg restaurant educates, delights and donates

There’s a palpable warmth that permeates every inch of Casa Ora, a new Venezuelan restaurant in Williamsburg. That feeling extends from the decor choices to the food that’s served, and it all comes courtesy of mother-son duo Ivo (a Nomad alum) and Isbelis Diaz—Venezuelan immigrants and the duo in charge of their all-Venezuelan kitchen staff. The menu—which consists of well-known favorites (arepas) and lesser-known treats …

Chef Chuck George Turns MREs into Michelin Plates

Photographer Henry Hargreaves and videographer Jimmy Pham capture Army meals being plated as if they were served at top restaurants

It’s hard to deny the impact of food styling on our perception of a meal. The barebones packaging of MREs (military-issued meals, ready to eat) tends to indicate that what you’ll find within is nothing more than essential. But when NYC-based chef Chuck George began plating them as if they were dishes from Michelin-starred restaurants, viewers can’t help but reconsider first impressions. George grew up …

Shaun Hergatt’s Playful Canapés at Juni, NYC

The Michelin-starred Aussie chef compresses creativity into tiny bites at his Midtown restaurant

On an unassuming block east of Koreatown, NYC restaurant Juni lives in the ground floor of the quiet Hotel Chandler—a classic boutique hotel that eschews trendiness for efficient service. The restaurant is the baby (seating just 50) of Australian chef Shaun Hergatt, who closed his two Michelin-starred namesake restaurant to open Juni in 2013. And since, Chef Hergatt has been taking guests on adventurous two-hour …